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National Stock Exchange (NSE) launched its International exchange in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City).  All the trades will be cleared and settled through NSE International financial services center (IFSC) Clearing Corporations Limited. NSE's rival BSE already operationalised its global exchange India International Exchange (INX) at international financial services center (IFSC).

State Bank of India will meet nearly 10,000 farmers to understand their credit need and provide finance. The meeting will be organized at the bank's 15,500 rural and semi-urban branches across the country on June 8. It has a total loan outstanding of Rs.2,70,000 crore (Two lakh seventy thousand crores) in the agriculture segment.

According to the Animal Discoveries 2016, new Species and Records brought out by the Zoological Survey of India and Plant Discoveries 2016, by the Botanical Survey of India Last year 499 new species have been discovered from various parts of the country. Of the new animal species, 258 are invertebrates and 55 vertebrates. as many as 97 species of insects, 27 of fish, 12 species of amphibians, 10 of Platyhelminthes, nine of Crustacea and six of reptiles have been discovered and described by the scientists. The new species are known to occur in the four biological hotspots of the country, namely, the Himalayas, the northeast, the Western Ghats and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

 A team of Astronomers discovered the hottest planet ever known, with a dayside temperature of more than 4,300 degrees Celsius. The new hottest giant planet KELT-9b is a planet that is hotter than most stars. KELT-9b is a hybrid planet-star. It has the mass of Planet and an atmosphere like a star. 

Vijaya Bank started to develop as many as 100 digital villages in various States across the country as part of its initiative to promote digital banking among the rural population. It is the only public sector financial institution to develop digital villages with a focus on rural population. The bank has already developed 5 villages into Digital Villages. In the Digital Villages, the bank would offer Internet, free Wi-Fi connectivity, mobile payment facilities, ATM cards, online banking and will carry out a door-to-door campaign to educate the villagers.   

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) launched three new apps to help customers rate quality of services, speed, and performance. The three new apps are My call app, MySpeed app and 'Do not disturb (DND 2.0)' app. The MyCall app is an Android application for crowdsourced voice call quality monitoring. My Speed app will enable TRAI to obtain test-data from users in all service areas, without any action by the users. The DND service app will enable users to register their mobile number under DND to avoid unsolicited commercial communication/telemarketing calls/SMS.

The Reserve Bank of India is observing June 5-9, 2017 as Financial Literacy Week across the country to emphasize the importance of financial literacy. The Week will focus on four broad themes namely Know Your Customer (KYC), Exercising Credit Discipline, Grievance Redress and Going Digital. The Financial Literacy Centres (FLCs) and rural branches will conduct special camps and all bank branches in the country will display posters on the common themes inside the branch premises.

The National Board of Wildlife approved Rutland Island in South Andaman to be the site for the country’s long-range missile test facility.  Taking into account the strategic importance of the project for country’s defense, the Standing Committee of the National Board of Wildlife has approved the project. The project involves diversion of 49.978 acres forest land, of which 0.84 falls in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and 49.138 reserve forest within 10km of the Eco Sensitive Zone.

Union Government launched 10 lakh LED street lights to be installed in Gram Panchayats of 7 districts in State namely Guntur, Prakasham, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur & Chittoor in the first phase. This is the first project for rural LED street lighting in the country under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Project (SLNP). The entire upfront capital cost of this project is being funded by French Development Agency Agence Française de Développement (AFD).  As per the 18th Electric Power Survey of Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the estimated energy consumption in Indian public lighting sector is 8478 Mega Kilo Watt in 2012-13 and is constantly growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7 percent. 

ICICI Bank commissioned over 200 solar powered ATM sites in the last one year as part of its efforts to reduce carbon footprint and use more clean energy. This is equivalent to the amount of energy that can power 42,000 rural households for an entire year. ICICI Bank reduced its overall energy consumption in large offices and branches from 198 million units in 2013-14 to 164 million units in 2016-17.

Telangana Government launched the single-women pension scheme across the state.  Single women will be given 1,000 per month as the first such scheme in India.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Union Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu launched a campaign on source segregation of municipal waste for National Capital Region (NCR). The incorrect disposal and burning of solid waste result in the emission of climate change causing Greenhouse gases like Methane and Carbon Dioxide to the tune of 12.69 million tons of Carbon Dioxide in the country per year. The Minister released a special edition of Diamond Toons Comic titled ‘Chacha Chaudhary & Swachh Bharat’. The comic book depicts cartoons with a message pertaining to solid waste management. 

The Panchayati Raj Secretary J S Mathur released a handbook and module on safe child program at a function in New Delhi. The book contains child rights and the role of panchayat members. Fifty percent village panchayats are headed by women in the country and therefore it should be easy for them to prevent abuse of children.

TATA Projects announced the launch of Green Thumb, an initiative to enhance the green cover. TATA Projects planted over 42,000 saplings across over 100 locations during 2016-17. Over the past few years, over 1,00,000 saplings have been planted by TATA Projects at its various project sites.

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. The countries accused Qatar supported Sunni Islamist terrorism and Iranian designs in the region. The countries also planned to break off all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar and eject its diplomats from their territories.